Bristol COT debut big, but it won't be too telling

Sunday's first Car of Tomorrow race will open a new era. But Bristol is a special case, so we aren't likely to learn much there, writes Terry Blount.

Updated: March 24, 2007, 10:01 PM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Too bad Neil Armstrong isn't giving the command to start the Food City 500. Who better for such a historic moment?

"One small step for drivers, one giant leap for NASCAR. So gentlemen, start your engines."

It's not quite a trip to the moon, but Sunday's debut event for the Car of Tomorrow is a bold move to a new era in Nextel Cup racing.

"This is a huge mark in NASCAR history," driver Kurt Busch said. "It's a big deal."

The tiny half-mile ...

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